Monday, October 29, 2012

Chicken Soup

Happy Nom Nom Monday. Since Hurricane Sandy is in full swing for us I made us some Chicken Soup.  It's an adaptation of Aaron's mom's Turkey Soup.  It's the same recipe but with a chicken instead of a turkey.  

- 1 large onion
- 1 whole cooked chicken (bones & all)
- water
- 4 cups potatoes
- 1 cup celery
- 1 cup carrots
- 1 cup mushrooms
- salt and pepper

Begin by dicing up the onion and placing that in a large pot with the whole chicken.  Cover with water and let boil.  Cook for 30 - 40 minutes if fresh, or an hour if frozen.  Next remove the chicken from the stock.  

Drain the stock, and check the onion and remaining chunks for bones.  Return the onion to the large sauce pan.  Hold the stock off to the side for a bit.  

Let the chicken cool a bit, and then clean all the meat off of the bones.  Return the meat to the large pan, and discard the bones and skin.  Add the stock to the pot, and bring back to a simmer.  

Cut the potatoes, carrots, celery, and mushrooms up.  I actually did this ahead of time, which worked out great.  Whatever works for you though.  Add the potatoes to the simmering chicken stock, they will take about 50 minutes to cook.  Twenty minutes later add the carrots and celery.  They take about thirty minutes to cook.  When there is only 10 - 5 minutes remaining add the mushrooms.  

Everything should be perfectly cooked and ready to serve 50 minutes from adding the potatoes to the simmering chicken stock.  Once served I seasoned with salt and pepper.  This is the perfect meal for being trapped indoors from a hurricane. 

Hope everyone in the surrounding areas are staying dry and safe!  Happy Nom Nom Monday, and DIYing, chris!